IES Abroad: Barcelona - Study Abroad with IES Abroad
Come let Barcelona enchant you. Whether it is the salty sea air, the sweep of mountains in the distance, or the romance and excitement of Las Ramblas, where else can you marvel at Gaudi’s whimsical architectural genius while embracing the laid-bac... read more
How to travel, who to do it with, and to be more independent. Do what you want to, don't depend on others. Push yourself more to try new things and speak the language more and meet new people. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and had to go out of my comfort zone in many situations. You learn how to make friends easily when you are in a place where no one knows each other. EM M - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I feel I am much more independent and mature. In addition, I feel I know who I am and how to define myself. I also get to force myself practice Spanish Li-Jung (Emily), LEE - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile. I was challenged in many ways throughout my time there, as there were so many experiences I had never had before. I matured so much during my stay in Barcelona, and I couldn't have asked for a better college semester. Sophia Burroughs - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
1000000% worthwhile, this trip has influenced me for the better. Kiki Kravitz - University of Oregon View Entire Review
This was the most worthwhile experience I could ever imagine. As a foreign affairs major, this was the absolute best opportunity for me to learn about the world in an immersive and engaging setting. The faculty were incredible and always there to help or talk to. The classes were probably more challenging than most study abro... Jenna Rosenthal - University of Virginia View Entire Review
I became a much better Spanish speaker, gained a more worldly view, learned to be more easy-going, became more independent, a prepared traveler, and gained more knowledge about Spain. R.W. - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I was the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. It has been the most enriching semester of college I've had. I learn how to be more independent and adventurous. I learned how to be a better time manager too. But mostly, I learned how important it is to be a global citizen. I realized how big and diverse this world is and how imp... Brigid Lapp - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
My listening skills in Spanish definitely improved, and for that I am so thankful. I also gained a larger appreciation for people from different walks of life than my own. It is so interesting to meet somebody close to your age from the other side of the world and to see how similar, yet different, your lives are. Matt Coffman - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I learned that my problem solving skills are incredible. Being observant is key in a city and simply being nice and excusing yourself has an impact. Madison Dant - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
I had never lived far away from home (my college is within an hour from my family home) and this experience showed me that I could indeed live far away. Thanks to the great technology we have now, I was able to frequently message and Facetime my family and friends and so I never really missed them. I loved living abroad and havi... Shannon - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Loved being party of a new culture A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned how to enjoy the present moment for what it is. A student - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I was afforded many moments of growth, success, exploration, and reflection. I will carry such memories throughout my life. Honestly, a majority of these moments occurred while abroad. I can’t fathom my life now without having such an experience to fondly look back on. I went abroad hoping to push my boundaries, see the world th... Isabella Courtenay-Morris - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I gained a lot of insight into the culture of Barcelona and Catalunya as a whole, as well as experiences in different countries as I traveled during my stay. Also important – I learned a lot about myself and how to manage challenging/stressful situations. A student - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
I gained important insight about myself, and also about the differing cultures i was surrounded by! It was completely worthwhile, because I came back a better person. A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
This is impossible to sum up briefly; but I gained a lot of knowledge specifically about Catalan culture, but also independence and a more open mind to other cultures. Kiaran Hartnett - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I gained confidence in speaking Spanish. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
In Barcelona, you never run out of things to do. I wrote a “Barcelona Bucket List” that I got about 20% of the way through, which only gives me an excuse to return in the near future! The location of Barcelona in relation to the rest of Europe is ideal, as it takes less than 2 hours by plane to get to all the main European desti... Sophie C - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review
It was VERY worth it. I gained a new perspective and lifelong friends. If I could do it again I'd deal with all the homesickness A student - Hope College View Entire Review
I really improved my Spanish communication skills. This will help me in my future endeavors. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
After seven months of immersing myself in the Spanish culture and three months of working towards this beautiful cause, I said a heartfelt “see you later” to those spontaneous strolls through my neighborhood, dinners with my host mom, afternoons at the park, and 9-2 shifts at Make-A-Wish Spain. It was difficult accepting the fac... Daniela R - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I gained a better perspective on life and what my core values are. I l look at life differently now, but all for the better. Tauriah - Texas Christian University View Entire Review
10/10 I would recommend. A student - George Washington University View Entire Review
I was able to integrate myself into another culture to expand my mind, learn about work ethics in other countries, and become a better global citizen. By living in a homestay and working at a children's teaching hospital in Barcelona, I have international connections and understand how the world works more than I did before stud... Malia Elmeer - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Come let Barcelona enchant you. Whether it is the salty sea air, the sweep of mountains in the distance, or the romance and excitement of Las Ramblas, where else can you marvel at Gaudi’s whimsical architectural genius while embracing the laid-back Spanish lifestyle?
Programs in Barcelona:
Barcelona - Advanced Spanish Studies: This program is designed to elevate your Spanish language skills. In addition to an advanced language course and other Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses, you can also directly enroll in a local university. Here you may make some Spanish friends as you study alongside local students. Internship opportunities are also available to fully experience all Barcelona has to offer.
Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business: Feast your eyes on the many sights of Barcelona! Admire the stunning Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church, stroll through the whimsical Park Güell, shop the markets and street vendors of Las Ramblas, visit the beautiful beaches—should we continue? You can experience it all here. There are a wide variety of IES Abroad courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. You are grouped into language proficiency-based levels to focus your course enrollment options. This also provides a sense of community with your fellow students and challenges you to maximize your learning.
Barcelona Summer - Internship: With great influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts, Barcelona has made its mark as a major player in the global market. Walk to work or take the metro, bus, or tram through this remarkable city of architectural and cultural wonders. Lunch is always an opportunity to sample the best of Mediterranean fare: delicious tapas, the freshest seafood, and Crema Catalana for dessert! An IES Internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. The optional language class increases your Spanish language proficiency and fluency.
Barcelona Summer - Language & Area Studies: The IES Abroad Barcelona Language & Area Studies Summer Program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Spain and experience contemporary Spanish culture from the Catalonian perspective in a challenging academic environment. Language courses develop your written and oral proficiency in Spanish and area studies courses provide an excellent opportunity to learn about modern Spain in the larger context of the European Union. Courses are available in both Spanish and English. Over the course of the summer, you will come to know its vibrant plazas and winding streets for yourself. The Barcelona Language & Area Studies Program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in homestays with local residents or student apartments with live-in Barcelona Cultural Companions to facilitate your cultural immersion, and DiscoverIES (course-related excursions & field trips). You will have the opportunity to meet Spanish and international students alike. Starting at the IES Abroad Center in the center of Barcelona near the Plaza Catalunya, this study abroad program will help you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
Barcelona Summer - Language Intensive: The IES Abroad Barcelona Summer Language Intensive Program is designed for students who want to engage in intensive Spanish language and culture learning in a four-week study abroad program. The program is equal to an entire semester of Spanish language study and is open to all language levels.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
- Business Communications
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